We reported to you yesterday that the HTC Thunderbolt may be delayed past March 4th, but it seems we may have good reason to believe that it’ll be out by March 10th over at Best Buy judging by the pic above. The first line shows the HTC Thunderbolt available on March 10th through Best Buy Mobile in all stores.
Whether that came out after we heard about the March 4th delay from Twitter, or before remains to be seen, but we’re keeping our eye on it regardless!
A Best Buy in Roseville, CA tweeted that the HTC Thunderbolt, the much anticipated 4G LTE Android smartphone from Verizon Wireless, will not see release until March 4th. This device was supposed to be released at the end of the month, so it may be a disappoint for those wishing to try out Verizon’s 4G LTE connectivity.
Other devices that will have 4G LTE connectivity include the Motorola XOOM, which is already on sale. Although the XOOM does not have 4G LTE now, users will be able to mail the device in at a later date for the upgrade.
For those of you who still want to wait a little longer for the HTC Thunderbolt, it’s expected to cost you around $299 with a two-year contract. In-store preorders are still being accepted as well.
The Motorola Xoom is pretty much the hottest tablet we’ve seen yet. We’re eager to see it hit the market, which is expected to be in just a few days. If reports are to be believed, it’ll be on sale on the 24th, and is open for pre-order right now. One caveat, though: According the most recent flier from Verizon, Flash won’t be available on the tablet until this Spring. We’re not sure if it’s because they’re still working out kinks, or if Adobe hasn’t perfected the balance of Tegra-2 and Honeycomb, but either way…don’t rush out and pick one up on day 1 expecting to be surfing all your favorite flash websites as soon as you get it home. There’ll be a short wait for that. It’s still very capable (iPad doesn’t have flash either, and never ever will), but the disclaimer is well deserved.
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We know the HTC Thunderbolt is about to hit stores, but what we’re not exactly sure about is the price. Best Buy has two fliers out this week advertising the phone, but they don’t quite agree on what the price of the phone will be. One lists the phone at $249, the other at $299, and Verizon hasn’t made an official announcement yet either. While it’s difficult to be sure, if I were going to place bets, I’d bet on the $249, but only time will tell. We should know for sure in a week or two!
If you watched the Superbowl last night, you may have seen Ozzy and Justin Beiber pitching the new Best Buy “Buy Back” program (which has nothing to do with Ozzy and Beiber in the same room…sigh).
The Buy Back option will be free for a limited time, but it will cost you to down the road to have it as an option when upgrading your device. This is a great idea for those of us who are getting hosed from our carriers 24 month upgrade plan. You’ll be able to get a discount towards a new device, the discount amount depends on how long you’ve had your current (out-dated) device as follows;
- For the first six months you can get 50% of the retail cost
- 6-12 months will give you 40% back
- 12-18 months 30%
- 20% between months 18 and 24.
There you have it, pretty good deals from Best Buy, as always. Again, this is free right now, but won’t be down the road. Get more information at our source link below.
[via Best Buy]
What’s better than seeing the Prince of Darkness make fun of current pop? How about getting Justin Bieber to get in on it and make fun of himself? While It’s not strictly an Android commercial, Best Buy took a stab at the teen heart-throb during the Super Bowl yesterday, in what will, I’m sure, be voted as one of the top spots. It’s full of mocking the rate of advancement in the mobile world, with talk of 4G, 5G, 6G, and beyond.
Be sure to hit the break to check out the commercial for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!
Best Buy, always among the first to have accessories for new mobile devices as they roll out, has started selling cases dedicated to the Thunderbolt and the Inspire. We know the Inspire will be going on sale next week, for sure. The Thunderbolt doesn’t have an official street date yet, but we know it’s supposedly available for pre-order today. We’re eager to see these new phones roll out, further bolstering Android’s monopoly on the 4G market. And we’re not surprised to see Best Buy leading the charge on getting these devices, and their accessories, in your hands as quickly as possible.
We’ve been expecting to see the HTC Thunderbolt available soon, and Best Buy’s circular ad is teasing of the $50 pre-order, starting today. DISCLAIMER: I went through the online ads, and didn’t find it myself, but these ads are still tied to locations. Android Central found it this morning, though, and said that for $50 you can now pre-order the HTC Thunderbolt. Check the online ads yourself, or contact your local Best Buy for more information, and let us know in the comments if you get your name on one!
[via Best Buy by way of Android Central]
Well, I’m not sure how credible a source the Grand Rapids South Best Buy Facebook page, but they have it from the highest authority that the HTC Thunderbolt is dropping on Valentines Day with the Xoom following up on the 24th.
This is news that has been talked about for a little bit, but nevertheless I think by now we can fully expect to see both of these devices landing before the end of the month. Stay tuned.
Android Central got their has gotten their hands on a Best Buy circular ad teasing that the HTC Thunderbolt may be available for pre-order very soon. A $50-dollar deposit is required, and no firm release date is mentioned in the ad. Rumors have been flying about a release date of either the 14th or the 24th, but Verizon has told us that we’d see it sooner than we expected. My money’s on a Valentine’s Day launch, personally. If you’ve been looking to pick up this phone, keep an eye on your local Best Buy, or stay tuned right here, we’ll let you know when it’s available for pre-order and for sale.
[via Android Central]